Durham City 22 v Carlisle 7

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North 1 East League
Saturday, 23rd January 2010

Scrum half George Graham tried hard to motivate his team.

Definitely below par from Carlisle in this bottom of the table clash at Durham City for their first match since 12th December.

Under performing, as they did in this encounter, does not bode well for the city side who really are going to have to work hard to restore their fortunes and salvage what has been a disappointing season to date.

Rejuvenated after the enforced break due to the weather, they were not.  The first half performance was less than exhilarating, and had it not been for the poor goal kicking of the Durham fly half, they would have been further in arrears at the break.  As it was they were down by three tries, the first conceded in the opening minute, the second came five minutes later and the third at twenty three minutes.

Hapless would be too strong an adjective to describe the Carlisle game, but they looked disorganised and lacking in imagination during the opening period.  In general, what possession they had they wasted, and too often kicked it away when a more measured approach could well have produced results.

After the break, whatever coach Richard Metcalf had told his charges during the interval, there was a more structured approach to the game, and for the most part Durham were kept on the back foot with Carlisle working hard to try and atone for their first half effort.  However, despite several forays into their opponents twenty two area, they were unable to get a breakthrough despite challenging the line on a number of occasions.  When they did eventually get over it was in added time, (and Durham had already added another seven points) with young Chris Harris touching down wide out on the right after a gret approach engineered by Ben Blain who had drifted across from the left.  Glen Weightman added the conversion to give the final score a little respectability.

Meanwhile, other clubs at the wrong end of the table were winning, and putting added pressure on Carlisle.  So, for the visit of Gateshead this coming weekend there is some hard work to do.

Pick of the pack

Number 8 Lee Brumpton

Best of the backs

GEORGE GRAHAM – scrum half

POINTS SCORERS:

Try:        Chris Harris
Con:      Glen Weightman

THE STARTING XV:

15    Max Connon
14    Chris Harris
13    Jack Oddie (Lee Askew)
12    Dan Holmes
11    Ben Blain
10    Glen Weightman
9      George Graham
1      Steve Stamper (Captain)
2      Tom Graham (John Bowman)
3      Joe Anderson
4      Paul Halliday
5      Dan Smithson
6      Adam Morrison (Stuart Graham)

7      Bobby Sherlock
8      Lee Brumpton
16    John Bowman
17    Stuart Graham
18    Kee Askew

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